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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory Defies GOP Legislature, Vetoes 'Ag-Gag' Bill 30.5.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
North Carolina's Republican Gov. Pat McCrory vetoed a bill on Friday, sent to him by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, that would have allowed business owners to sue employees who conduct undercover investigations on their property. House Bill 405 , the Property Protection Act, had been criticized by animal rights activists an an "ag-gag" bill, since it could stifle the kinds of secret recordings on hog farms and in poultry plants that have been used to expose inhumane treatment of animals and have resulted in criminal charges. Similar laws in Idaho and Utah have provoked legal challenges. Groups like the AARP had also opposed the bill, because it would have applied to other businesses like nursing homes. The state Senate's Republican leadership did not include an amendment from Democratic Sen. Josh Stein that would have given employees protection if the activity they recorded was illegal. "While I support the purpose of this bill, I believe it does not adequately protect or give clear guidance ...
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3 Reasons "Animal Welfare" Doesn't Work 29.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
There are two schools of thought: animal welfare and animal rights. Whereas animal rightists seek to dismantle the institution of animal agriculture altogether, those in favor of animal welfare advocate a situation where farmed animals are treated well in life on family ranches and meet as quick and painless a death as possible before becoming the food on our plates. In his book Eating Animals, Jonathan Safran Foer, who is himself a vegetarian, criticizes fellow author and professor Mike Pollan for grappling with the issue of welfare vs. rights in The Omnivore's Dilemma, only to come to the conclusion that "locavorism" or eating locally produced foods is the best option for the environment. Basically, Foer is a rightist and Pollan is a welfarist. Here's why the "animal welfare" stance doesn't hold up. 1) There is no respectful way to kill. Welfarists believe that farmed animals can be treated with respect in both life and in death, but there is nothing respectful about taking a life. To kill is ...
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Think Rabbit Is The 'New Ethical Meat'? Think Again. 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The nation's largest rabbit slaughterhouse claims it has changed its practices in response to an animal rights group’s recent undercover investigation, but the group’s findings nevertheless cast doubt on the idea that consuming rabbit is a more “ethical” choice than eating other types of meat. The Investigation Earlier this month, the nonprofit organization Last Chance For Animals released the findings of its four-week undercover investigation into Pel-Freez Foods , a rabbit processor in Rogers, Arkansas. To conduct the investigation, an LCA employee, whom the group identifies under the pseudonym “Sheila” for privacy reasons, took a job with Pel-Freez collecting blood from rabbits after they were killed -- to be sold later for medical research. While on the job, Sheila secretly filmed the slaughtering process. Nina Hauptman, LCA's director of campaigns, told The Huffington Post that what Sheila caught on tape amounts to “horrific cruelty.” In the footage, workers can be seen attempting to stun the ...
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Danish Radio Station Beats Rabbit To Death Live On Air To Spark Animal Welfare Debate 26.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Is it worse to eat a pig for dinner or a bunny? A Danish radio station is under fire after killing a 9-week-old rabbit live on air to protest double standards held by meat eaters. Hosts for the outlet, Radio24syv, beat the animal, nicknamed Alan, over the head with a bicycle pump . The rabbit apparently twitched several times before it died, according to a report from the BBC. "Every day in the nation of Denmark, thousands and thousands of animals are put down to fill the meat counters in our super markets," the outlet wrote on its Facebook page . "Animal welfare does not seem to apply to animals in the food industry." Rabbits have long been a controversial food choice in the United States. Customers began a boycott against Whole Foods last year after the grocery chain launched a rabbit-meat pilot program that cited customer demand as the reason to include the animal in its meat counter offerings. The food is a staple in many European cuisines , but many Americans have placed rabbits into the "pet" ...
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3 Reasons All Feminists Should Support Animal Rights 21.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
"Feminism" has lately become less of a dirty word, as more people recognize it as being the belief in gender equality. Men, women, and transpeople can all be feminists. According to popular sex educator Laci Green , if you believe women are human, you're a feminist. It's that simple. Or is it? Melanie Joy, author of Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism, states that any view that goes against the dominant ideology is also associated with other traits, being part of the larger belief system of someone who isn't just like everyone else. As most of the world is still male-dominated, feminists, like vegetarians, hold an alternate view. This is why there are no sufficient words for non-feminists or non-vegetarians. Sure, we could call them anti-feminists and meat-eaters, but these terms do not adequately encapsulate the subtle hegemonic beliefs that come into play. Dominant ideologies are invisibilized, taken to be "the norm." Even so, the social climate has changed in recent ...
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Women and Biodiversity Feed the World, Not Corporations and GMOs 20.5.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Pamela Anderson Reenacts Psycho Shower Scene For PETA To Protest Meat Industry's Impact On Drought 19.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Cue the screeching violins . Pamela Anderson has stripped down once again to protest the horrors of the meat and dairy industries. The 47-year-old actress and longtime PETA advocate posed nude in a "Psycho"-inspired ad that also targets the ongoing drought in California , now in its fourth year. "Rivers are siphoned off, not just for the animals but also for crops grown to feed animals on factory farms," Anderson said in a statement released with the ad. Story continues below. California Gov. Jerry Brown has taken drastic measures to address the ongoing crisis , which has killed more than 12 million trees and left half a million acres of farmland unusable. Cities across the state have been ordered to slash water usage by up to 36 percent , and homeowners are being fined for wasting water . But amid all of the mandatory cuts, farmers -- and by extension , the meat and dairy industry -- have been spared. Agriculture consumes upwards of 80 percent of the state's water supply , according to SF Gate, and much ...
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7 Good Reasons to Shun Eggs During National Egg Month and All Other Times of the Year 14.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Several months ago, PETA's Los Angeles office, the Bob Barker Building , hosted an unusual adoption event. There were no dogs or cats or even rabbits. This event was for the birds -- literally. Nearly 100 hens -- who had been rescued by Animal Place from an egg farm that was "depopulating" birds who were no longer productive -- were in need of homes. And they got them during the largest chicken "adopt-a-thon" ever held. These hens were extremely lucky. Most "depopulated" birds are sent to slaughter, their bodies chopped up and turned into "nuggets" or "fingers." Other unwanted birds (including male chicks, who are useless to egg farmers for obvious reasons) don't even make it to the slaughterhouse: They are simply tossed into huge "macerators" and ground up -- alive. If death by wood chipper isn't enough to put you off eggs, here are some other compelling reasons to keep them off your plate during National Egg Month and every other month of the year: 1. There's a 90 Percent Chance Your Eggs Came From a ...
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Harding Charter Preparatory High School Students Use Dead Cats In Bizarre 'Dance' Video 13.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Animal rights activists are blasting a top-ranked Oklahoma charter school after its students were seen on video using dead cats to act out dance moves , set to the jingle used in commercials for Meow Mix cat food. The video, originally posted on Facebook but uploaded to YouTube Tuesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was filmed last year in a classroom at the Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City. In the clip, students wearing white jackets hold up the feline corpses and move them in a synchronized routine to the music, while a student in front with another dead cat acts as conductor. No teacher is seen in the video, and it's not clear whether a teacher played any role in producing it. WARNING: The video above may be disturbing to some viewers. PETA said the cats were intended for dissection as part of classroom experiments. Local media including KFOR and NewsOK said officials from the school did not respond to requests for comment, and the school has shut down its ...
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Activists Threaten To Sue For Captive Whale Lolita's Freedom 11.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI, May 11 (Reuters) - Activists said on Monday they would sue a Florida aquarium for violating the Endangered Species Act if it does not improve living conditions for Lolita, a killer whale in captivity for more than four decades. The Miami Seaquarium has 60 days to address the facility's alleged shortfalls that include a small enclosure, life without another whale, and twice-daily performances in the searing Florida sun, said activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Animal Legal Defense Fund. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration added Lolita to the endangered species list in early February, opening the door to potential lawsuits. "For more than 40 years she has been unable to swim any meaningful distance, dive, forage, or carry out virtually any natural behaviors," PETA's Director of Animal Law Jared Goodman wrote in a letter to the tourist attraction. Seaquarium officials said they could not comment until they read the ...
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Pregnant Marisa Miller Goes Nude For PETA To Protest SeaWorld 6.5.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Marisa Miller put herself in the position of captive orca whales in a PETA campaign protesting SeaWorld . The supermodel, who is pregnant with her second child , posed nude in an empty bathtub to bring awareness to mother orcas who are separated from their calves, which are taken to separate parks and ultimately confined to tanks. "Being a mom and seeing [the SeaWorld-critical documentary] 'Blackfish,' it was extremely emotional," Miller said. "I think any mother knows the sense of protection and connection you have with your baby." The title on the ad featuring the former Victoria's Secret model and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl reads, "SeaWorld: Separating Babies and Mothers Since 1970." John Hargrove, who spent most of his 14-year career as an orca trainer at SeaWorld, opened up earlier this year about this practice and other grievances during an interview with NPR while promoting his book, Beneath the Surface: Killer Whales, SeaWorld, and the Truth Beyond Blackfish. "As I became ...
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Rants from the Hill: Will the real fake John Muir please stand up? 4.5.2015 High Country News Most Recent
Searching for authentic identity in Chautauqua season.
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Domino's Pizza Doesn't Care About Feeding Vegans 30.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA's idea of incorporating cruelty-free food in the kitchen was more than handily nixed: Fewer than 0.28 percent of votes from Domino's shareholders supported the vegan proposal , the Detroit Free Press reported. Tim McIntyre, Domino's vice president of communications, said that the company has tested vegan cheese before, but it didn't perform. He also said there are no signs that Domino's customers want vegan options. "The Board of Directors did recommend that shareholders vote against it, as there has been no consumer interest in vegan toppings from Domino’s," McIntyre wrote to The Huffington Post in an email, adding, "We believe we know more about testing and rolling out products for our brand than PETA does, and we know how to run our business better than PETA does." PETA owns 39 shares of Domino's stock worth about $3,000, which McIntyre referred to as "basically the minimum amount of shares you need to own to put a resolution on a public company’s proxy." In the past few years, the animal welfare ...
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PETA's Cruel and Unusual Crush 26.4.2015 Truthout.com
The provocative animal rights group PETA famously despises cages. Press statements from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have described birdcages as a “ death sentence ” for avian pets, likened crating dogs to incarcerating them , and condemned the cruelty of fencing animals into tiny spaces on factory farms. So the group’s latest role model — a man who cages people for a living — makes no sense to me. In fact, Joe Arpaio, the hardline anti-immigrant sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, prides himself on making jail a miserable place to be. Why would PETA ever pal around with this guy? Because Arpaio took meat off his inmates’ menu. PETA was so supportive of the change that it dispatched former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson to visit Arpaio’s county jail and show support for the vegetarian menus. Bad move. First, if PETA wants to assure the rest of the population that a vegetarian diet is healthy and delicious, it shouldn’t associate it with jail food. Especially since Arpaio is famous for ...
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Congress Should Declare Mice Are Animals -- Now! 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 2002, North Carolina senator Jesse Helms slipped language into a normally mundane farm bill stipulating that rats, mice and birds are not actually animals. Helms was kowtowing to the wishes of Big Pharma and some major research universities. As a result of this taxonomic rope-a-dope, today most non-human creatures housed in American biomedical research facilities are exempt from coverage under the primary federal animal protection legislation -- the Animal Welfare Act. (For a history of the Animal Welfare Act, see here .) Because rats, mice and birds are not animals, their numbers are not included in the annual animal-use reports research institutions are required to submit to the Feds each year. As a result, we have had no idea how many animals are used in research in the United States. Until now. Enter PETA. Even in animal protection circles, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is controversial. But whether or not you like PETA, it has been a major force in changing public attitudes about ...
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Happy Earth Day, Take a Bow! 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As I was sitting over coffee watching the sun peek its nose over the horizon on this 22nd day of April -- the 45th anniversary of Earth Day -- I suddenly realized I wanted to say something to my fellow members of the "Aging Boomers Club": Thank you. Thank you for Earth Day. Thank you for all it has done for our remarkable planet, for our children and our children's children, and for -- and, I don't know that I have the words to overstate this -- our very future. And thank you, too, for making today possible. Oh, don't get me wrong, we wide-eyed, bomb-fearing, TV-addicted, Beatles-worshipping, suburb-loving, post-war Baby Boomers did not invent environmental activism. We only learned it at the knees of rugged, daring, free-thinking individualists like Teddy Roosevelt, John D. Rockefeller, Ansel Adams, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Jacques Cousteau, John Muir, Rachel Carson, Robert Frost, Joni Mitchell and countless others. But, make no mistake; environmentalism had never been a movement until we came ...
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Celebrating Earth Day the Carnivore Way 22.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On April 22, 1970, at the urging of Wisconsin U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day -- a nation-wide demonstration to advocate for a healthier planet. This marked the formal start of the modern environmental movement and heralded the beginning of a coordinated American effort to live more sustainably and ethically with nature. Indeed, the first Earth Day led to the passage of a slew of environmental laws, including the 1973 Endangered Species Act (ESA). Earth Day 1970 Photo by Bill Ingraham In my previous blog post (" The ESA: Taking Noah's Ark into a Brave New World "), I discussed our naiveté in assuming that saving species threatened by extinction would be as simple as creating laws like the ESA designed to function like Noah's Ark. There were many things we didn't know back then that we know now. For example, during Earth Day 1970, as our nation protested environmental degradation, we'd become aware of the mere tip of the environmental damage iceberg. ...
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Graphic Video Of Annual Canadian Seal Hunt Released By Animal Rights Group 20.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WARNING: This post contains graphic content that may upset some readers. The Canadian government in early March announced this year's quota for its annual, and highly controversial , seal hunt. The allocation for 2015? 468,000 harp, hooded and grey seals . In an effort to minimize inhumane treatment, the Canadian government mandates that seals can only be killed using a high-powered rifle or shotgun, a club or a hunting tool called a hakapik . Yet with the hunt in full swing, last week Humane Society International released shocking footage of baby seals being shot, clubbed and dragged aboard hunting vessels. Rebecca Aldworth , executive director of HSI's Canada chapter, told The Huffington Post that despite the legal protections, "what happens to these baby seals is some of the worst suffering I've ever witnessed." She spent last week in a helicopter off the northeast coast of Newfoundland getting a firsthand look at the seal hunt -- her 17th year doing so. Click to reveal graphic photo "Ever year we go ...
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Enough Abuse: Close Seaworld 19.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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'The HuffPost Show' Takes On PETA And Its Controversial Partner Joe Arpaio 18.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
PETA made headlines this week when it joined forces with former "Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson and controversial Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio to push for a vegetarian diet in prisons nationwide. But some have questioned whether Arpaio is the best-suited figure to lead the campaign. "The HuffPost Show" broke down the dubious history of both Arpaio and PETA during Friday's episode. Learn more about PETA's latest initiative in the video above, and watch more from "The HuffPost Show" here . -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a ...
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